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Should I go for the i3 2120 or is their a better choice?

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March 26, 2012 6:05:12 PM

Hey guys, well the questions in the title really, Im going to be upgrading to socket 1155 and I saw the 2120 and it looked great, good price and stella performance. But as im not to sure about cpu models so im just wondering if there is any better cpu's i could get. Im looking for something under £100 and good performance in games.

Thanks in advance guys

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March 26, 2012 6:22:46 PM

Yes in your budget it's the best.
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March 26, 2012 6:29:03 PM

Cant go for those kind of prices mate, way to much. I need it to be around the $150 mark max
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March 26, 2012 6:29:56 PM

seumas_beathan said:
Hey guys, well the questions in the title really, Im going to be upgrading to socket 1155 and I saw the 2120 and it looked great, good price and stella performance. But as im not to sure about cpu models so im just wondering if there is any better cpu's i could get. Im looking for something under £100 and good performance in games.

Thanks in advance guys

Looks like the stellar performance was on a cherry picked review. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/build-gaming-pc-ove...



Thats why you have to look at the games you are wanting to play not some review based on what games run stellar on the I3 2120. This months 650 build off really removed the wool over the I3 review as being a top cpu choice for games.

Faster video card + i3 = lower performance when its vs I5. You can see the video card doing the work on metro 2033 very high settings, but high starts to push the game back to the CPU.
March 26, 2012 6:34:41 PM

noob2222 said:
Looks like the stellar performance was on a cherry picked review. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/build-gaming-pc-ove...

http://media.bestofmicro.com/7/G/330748/original/F1%202010%20High%20No%20AA.png

Thats why you have to look at the games you are wanting to play not some review based on what games run stellar on the I3 2120. This months 650 build off really removed the wool over the I3 review as being a top cpu choice for games.

Faster video card + i3 = lower performance when its vs I5. You can see the video card doing the work on metro 2033 very high settings, but high starts to push the game back to the CPU.


Yes but i dont have a 6950, i have a 5770 which i assume would not be bottlencked
March 26, 2012 6:37:28 PM

well some games like GTA IV are really CPU dependant and so you will be bottlenecked by the CPU, but like i said really it is on some specific games, if you could expand those 150$ a little would be very nice, otherwise, you can go with the i3 it is really my second option if there was no way of going with the 2500k.
March 26, 2012 6:40:40 PM

Ideally i would love to go for the 2500k but im only 15 and my family really isnt well of at all, so this is really all the money i have going in to this
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March 26, 2012 6:44:15 PM

your best bet may be to check around and see what price you can get on a core 2 quad for that motherboard you have, unless its dead.
March 26, 2012 6:49:58 PM

The problem with the mobo i have is that it does not allow for oc'ing plus core 2 quads are very expensive and also i want to go to 1155 so that i have future upgrade potential
March 26, 2012 6:57:05 PM

yea you can go with the i3, it is a great solution for the money. since you can't really go over it is the best solution for you.
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March 26, 2012 7:20:56 PM

noob2222 said:


Faster video card + i3 = lower performance when its vs I5. You can see the video card doing the work on metro 2033 very high settings, but high starts to push the game back to the CPU.


Some of those numbers were surprising. I wonder now if the i3 can even push the 6950 or could it have done just as well for $100 less and a 6870.
March 26, 2012 7:26:44 PM

ricardois said:
yea you can go with the i3, it is a great solution for the money. since you can't really go over it is the best solution for you.


Thanks and thanks to every one else for the help
March 26, 2012 7:40:09 PM

For a budget processor the 2120 is probably the best choice for your budget. Yes there are limitations that a dual core, hyper-threaded processor will run into, as shown by the latest SBM.
March 26, 2012 7:46:05 PM

Yh but with the rest of my system and what im going to be doing on it i doubt these problems will affect me to badly
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